James Rodriguez ‘agrees three-year deal’ to join Everton from Real Madrid

Everton have reportedly agreed to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid – and look set to announce the transfer imminently.

The Colombia international will sign a three-year contract at Goodison Park and will team up with former boss Carlo Ancelotti once again.

According to the Telegraph, the Toffees have agreed to pay the Spanish champions around £22million to sign the midfielder.

Rodriguez has not yet travelled to Merseyside but a deal is believed to be as good as done with no last minute complications expected.

The 29-year-old has found himself out of favour at the Bernabeu in recent times, with Zinedine Zidane keen to cash in.

The former Monaco man has entered into the final year of his contract with Los Blancos, with the club keen to get some sort of return.

They paid £63m for Rodriguez in 2014 after he was one of the best players at the World Cup in Brazil.

But life in Madrid did not go to plan and he was shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich.

There is no doubting his talents, though, and Ancelotti will be hoping to get him firing on all cylinders once again.

Last month Ancelotti spoke highly of Rodriguez but cast doubts on whether Everton could sign him.

"James Rodriguez? I like, I like a lot as a player,” he said.

"When I left Madrid, James Rodriguez followed me to Munich. He came to play.”

Indeed, it will be the third time that Ancelotti will have worked with Rodriguez if he joins Everton.

The Italian was his coach at Real Madrid in his first season with the club in 2014-15, before managing him at Bayern Munich shortly after.

Rodriguez is set to pocket around £4m-a-year after making the move, much less than he earns at the Bernabeu.

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